‘3.9 lakh tablets utilize, not a single rat killed’: Red-faced Maharashtra counters BJP pioneer Eknath Khadse’s claim

A senior civil servant stated, " It appears there was a goof-up. The number 3,19,400 was for tablets to kill rats and not statistics of how many rats were killed.” The officer likewise said that there was no information to discover the effect of the tablets.

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A day after BJP leader Eknath Khadse addressed how an organization could have killed 3.19 lakh rats in the state secretariat in seven days, the Maharashtra government Friday said the agreement given to the organization had indicated not the quantity of rats, but rather the quantity of tablets expected to kill the rats.

The legislature said an agreement was given to a privately owned business, Vinayak Mazoor Cooperative Society, to give 3,19,400 tablets to execute rats for which it was paid Rs 4,79,100. The administration, be that as it may, couldn’t outfit subtle elements on the adequacy of the tablets in slaughtering the rats or give quantities of what number of rats had been murdered in Mantralaya after the tablets were utilized.

After Khadse’s assertions, Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Chandrakant Patil Friday gathered a gathering with senior authorities to decide the claimed inconsistencies. The PWD had issued the vermin control work arrange.

The work arrange, expressed, “The PWD had issued two tenders on May 3, 2016. The work order was given to Vinayak Mazoor Cooperative Society.” The work arrange specified that 3,19,400 tablets were to be secured to slaughter rats. The Vinayak Mazoor Cooperative Society is situated in Mazgaon in Mumbai.

A senior administrator stated, “It appears there was a goof-up. The number 3,19,400 was for tablets to kill rats and not statistics of how many rats were killed.” The officer likewise said that there was no information to discover the effect of the tablets.

Clarifying the perplexity, PWD authorities stated, “There were various columns. The tablets to kill rats were read as rats killed.”

The work arrange — for Mantralaya and its annexe building — had indicated 3,19,400 tablets in view of a charged examination which decided the quantity of tablets required to murder rats over the building.

Comparable subtle elements were given under the Right to Information Act (RTI). Because of a RTI application, the administration completely said the agreement was for 3,19,400 tablets to slaughter rats. The rate of tablets was Rs 1.50. Khadse, be that as it may, persevered and stated, “Whatever I said in the state Assembly on Friday was based on the information furnished under RTI. The contract was being awarded or payment was made for 3,19,400 rats killed.”

He said that the administration ought to have let him know whether wrong data was given out. “The contract was given for six months which was reduced to two months and work completed within seven days,” he said.

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